As of late 2007 it was largely speculated that one time Atlanta Falcon, Michael Vick would never play another down as a member of the National Football League. Following a 23 months sentence per charges against dog fighting related incrimination, the likelihood of the amazingly gifted athlete and “freak of a quarterback” to return to the league, especially at his natural position behind center, was slim to none.
Yet here we are now, with one week left in the 2010-2011 NFL regular season and that same troubled, delinquent football god is back on top of the world as he has been selected as the NFC starting quarterback for this year’s Pro Bowl, to be held on January 30. Albeit, I’m sure Vick is garnering the majority of his attention in finishing the regular season strong as to secure a top spot in the upcoming playoffs.
Upon returning to the NLF after serving 18 months of his 23 months prison sentence, Vick was surprisingly picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles just a couple of seasons ago, where he sat behind all time great QB, Donovan McNabb. With McNabb sent to Washington before the start of this season however, the starting slot was thought to be all in the hands of the long awaited Kevin Kolb. Needless to say, Kolb didn’t work out, due to subpar play, as well as unfortunate injury, leaving the reigns to the prolific question mark in Michael Vick.
Vick has since rekindled some of the magic (and then some) once seen while wearing an Atlanta Falcon’s uniform, as he is currently the top rated quarterback in the league and presumably the front-runner to be awarded this year’s NFL MVP. Say what you will of the once convicted animal cruelest, but the comeback story is unimaginable and a great life lesson to be applied most anywhere.Tags: Atlanta Falcons, Michael Vick, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Pro Bowl, sports